The Springmount bred Mr Jammo secured an emotional victory when he won his maiden at Cranbourne on the VIARD race night, saluting in the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Super VOBIS Maiden Plate over 1400 metres.
The inaugural Victorian Industry Association race night recognises our hard-working associations and six key Victorian representatives each have a race named in their honour.
The Michael Mehegan trained gelding has certainly hit form, going one better in his last three outings and the connections were thrilled to be taking home a VOBIS Gold Nomination and free memberships for his trainer, owners and breeder.
Named in honour of part-owner Peter Jamieson’s late father, Mr Jammo who was co-bred by Steve Baldwin and Springmount’s Michael Flannery, didn’t have an easy start in life, and it was only through perseverance and expert help that he survived, let alone make it to the winner circle.
“Mr Jammo’s dam, the Desert Style (Ire) mare Ruby Doll has been a great producer, but unfortunately, Mr Jammo was pretty sick as a youngster. Thanks to the dedicated and brilliant help of Dr Ian Church, and Peter Huntington from Kentucky Equine Research, they were able to manage him. It was an incredible feat to get him to the track,” Flannery said.
“As he got better, I thought he was doing well enough that he was worth breaking in, and he took that step, and came through with flying colours. Then he went to a pre-trainer and he jumped that hurdle and then he went to his trainer, Michael Meaghan.”
“He has jumped every hurdle that he had come up against, and he is still jumping them – it just a great story” Flannery said.
“This horse not only defied the odds, but he is also responsible for bringing a great group pf people together, and there have been some great friendships forged.”
“These are the best stories, as there were not high expectations when he went into work, but he has exceeded them ten-fold. We leased him to the other owners and Steve and I are stayed in the ownership, so we are able to share the journey. That’s the bit I really love about it,” Flannery said.
Peter Jamieson who had tears in his eyes after the win, was so just thrilled everyone could be a part of it.
“Mr Jammo is such an honest horse, and he’s been through a bit, but he always gives his best and still wants to improve. Dad would have been so proud, and it’s great having my mum, my sister with three other mates, Steve and Michael Flannery in the horse, who thought the world of dad, all in the ownership.”
“We were certainly up against it when he was a youngster but thanks to best mate, Steve and Michael, they persevered, and it was brilliant to get the win,” Jamieson said.
“My father Don was always referred to as Mr Jammo by co-breeder breeder Steve Baldwin, who was like a second father to Steve, so at Dad’s funeral he asked mum if they could call their racehorse, Mr Jammo, and his nickname is Donny. Mum thought that was lovely that he wanted to name the horse in his memory.”
“We are enjoying every minute and I know how proud Dad would be. It is just amazing to see Dad’s name in the racebook and to hear his name in the race, it really is so special.”
Ruby Doll has a lovely Rich Enuff colt at foot, and she produced the good Bel Esprit city winning galloper Sir Fernando. Now 20, she will have a year off, and Flannery will wait and see how she is next season before any decision is made if she will breed again.
Springmount will soon be busy getting their draft ready for Melbourne Premier with all their sale yearlings supporting the major Melbourne sale at Oaklands on March 3-6.
“We have a very strong draft, with ten in P1 and four in P2. We were popular with the top stable last year with David Hayes buying three of our yearlings, and Mick Kent paying $240,000 for a Zoustar that he believes will be very special,” Flannery said.
“This year we have a nice Brazen Beau out of a half-sister to Jukebox and a Written Tycoon out of a Blue Diamond Preview winner.